June 2018 / 6 posts found

Why Alex Creel Wouldn’t Miss The Skill Acquisition Summit For Anything

by Randy Sullivan
Alex Creel is the owner of the highly regarded Golden Spikes Baseball Club and K3 Pitching in Sacramento, CA. He has been a “ranch guy” and a good friend for many years.  Alex was among the attendees at the 2015 Texas Baseball Ultimate Pitching Coaches Boot Camp when Frans Bosch rocked the US baseball community with an epic presentation on skill acquisition and motor learning.  The impact on Alex’s business has been significant and measurable — significant in its impact…

The Baseball Skill Acquisition Summit: Like Fish and Chips and Beers With Einstein Himself

by Randy Sullivan
On Sunday night, having completed another inspiring Elite Pitcher’s Boot Camp at The Texas Baseball Ranch®, I was walking through George Bush Intercontinental Airport, terminal C, I headed to gate C12 to begin boarding, for my flight home to Florida. I was wearing my new Powerbeats® Wireless Earphones and I was jamming internally to an iTunes playlist labeled “Songs I Absolutely Freaking Love!” Just as the double drum beat in the intro of Hotel California dropped, a paralyzing thought rendered…

Bios of The Presenters

by Randy Sullivan
Frans Bosch is among the world leaders in the application of biomechanics, and motor learning science to sports performance.  Since 1980 Bosch has worked in athletics, coaching elite sprinters and Olympic high jumpers and for some years as the national coach for jumping events.  Since 2005 Bosch has been a lecturer at the Fontys University for applied sciences in sports, mainly in the field of anatomy, biomechanics, strength training and motor learning. Bosch has given numerous presentations and…

Reflections From The Dad of Seattle Mariners First Round Draft Pick, Logan Gilbert

by Randy Sullivan
In the Fall of 2014, a tall skinny 17-year-old right-hander strolled into The ARMory® (the former name of The Florida Baseball Ranch®).  His name was Logan Gilbert. His father shared with me that Logan had been performing pretty well on the travel ball circuit and had garnered some interest from college recruiters. But Logan and his closely knit family had a problem. You see, what the recruiters didn’t know is that the reason his travel ball coaches had limited him to only two or three-inning…

If Babies Could Talk First, They Might Not Learn To Walk!

by Randy Sullivan
Until I met Frans Bosch at the 2014 Texas Baseball Ranch Ultimate Pitching Coaches Boot Camp, my coaching style was unremarkable and, in retrospect … suboptimal.  It was what I call TWT coaching. Tell the player how to do something. Watch them do it. Then, tell them how to do it better. And, when they don’t get it right, label them “uncoachable” and move on. It’s typical … and it’s highly ineffective. According to Bosch, one of the world’s most preeminent…

Swing Leg Retraction, Foot Plant From Above and Negative Y.

by Randy Sullivan
In high school, I was very good at math and scored well enough on my SAT and in college placement tests to exempt freshman mathematics classes at my first school, Erskine College.  At the time the enrollment at this South Carolina liberal arts school was around 500 students.  It was located in a tiny “town” called Due West.  I don’t know if any of this is true, but legend has it that is was called “Due West” because it was “due west of another town called…